"In the Test game, he has made virtually no difference at all: on his watch, England's balance sheet reads played 38, won 15, drawn 5, lost 18". "Stoneman and Vince do deserve a bit more of a chance", Bayliss said. "We've had some good performances at home in Test cricket, but that has been on the back of our big five or six players", he concluded by saying. Indeed the only members of the Ashes squad to be dropped are Ball and Ballance, who played one Test between them, and replacement Curran.
"We do have the raw materials - there are some good young pace bowlers out there, such as Reece Topley, George Garton and Jamie Overton - and we need to make sure they are fit and firing".
"I guess, at the end of the day, everybody knows where they stand, and it gives England almost two years to find a replacement".
England's problem is that none of the Lions contingent is making an irrefutable case for selection.
Vince's comments come after fans and pundits took aim at Cricket Australia for their stage design for the Ashes trophy celebration, accusing the hosts of disrespecting the tourists with two large hand props indicating the series' 4-0 scoreline.
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The manner of Vince's dismissals have not escaped Bayliss: they have barely escaped anybody. And James has looked as comfortable as anyone but then made mistakes and got out. They have been similar each time and that frustrates him more than any of us here.
"It's something he must work on, a little technical but mainly mental and knowing which balls to attack and which to leave".
"Being hit on the head didn't outwardly affect Mark's confidence in his practice". He preferred to put it down to the exhaustion of Test cricket at the highest level. [Dawid] Malan has probably cemented one of the spots.
"I think coaching is an incredibly hard job these days in any case because of the different skills and the mentality required for the different formats of the game; I don't think there's been a time, in fact, where it's been so different. A new voice, a slightly different approach slightly reinvigorates things, so I passed that on to him 12 months ago". "Then we are copping criticism for leaving some of these other blokes out". He scored 232 runs in nine innings, at 25.77.
That process will get under way sooner rather than later, but with a warning attached not to expect instant results.
The Test squad which travels to New Zealand next month is unlikely to show too many drastic changes, perhaps even just one change apiece in the batting and bowling ranks.